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Southern 4 Battles to continue in Waterford Run over five rounds with the best 4 to count, this weekend sees the 023 Tiles Southern 4 Rally Championship head to Waterford for the first time for the third round of the Championship. After the ...

Southern 4 Battles to continue in Waterford

Run over five rounds with the best 4 to count, this weekend sees the 023 Tiles Southern 4 Rally Championship head to Waterford for the first time for the third round of the Championship.

After the opening 2 rounds in West Cork and Killarney, former champion Johnny O.Sullivan with co-driver Pat Cashman take a 4 point lead over Alan Ring (Subaru Impreza N10) Barry Coleman (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Donie O.Sullivan/Paul Nagle in the BioClear Escort won the opening round of this year.s championship the West Cork Rally. In Round 2 the Rally of the Lakes former Champion Johnny O.Sullivan took the 20 points to take the lead in the championship from the Subaru of Alan Ring. Last year.s winning co-driver Dermot O.Gorman missed the opening round, but took maximum points in Killarney with his overall win.

Last year.s 023 Tiles Southern 4 Rally Champion Liam McCarthy suffered a non- finished on Round 2 the Rally of the Lakes again this year. It didn.t stop him winning last year.s championship, and the West Cork driver will be anxious to collect points again this weekend.

The 1600 Award became one of the most sought after trophies on last year.s 023 Tiles Southern 4 championship. Open to cars in classes 1,2,5,6,9,10 & 11, Wesley Daly with Finbarr Quirke on the notes were the best 1600 in West Cork. In Killarney Domonic Naughton from Limerick in the Saxo Kit Car rose to the top of the category, with Wesley Daly & J Kevin Kelleher only 4 points behind.

New for 2004 is a Group N award, with Kieran O.Callaghan & Denis O.Donovan the early leaders after West Cork driving the ex-Aaron McHale Evo 5. Alan Ring.s Group N winning drive in Killarney have given the Kerry man the lead in the Category, with Eddie Garry, Kieran O`Callaghan, Kevin O`Donoghue, Willie Fannin and championship sponsor James O`Sullivan all in close pursuit. All are entered for the raven.s rock rally to make this one

The ever popular 2WD award is being led by the West Cork Crew of Gerard O`Connell & Andrew O`Donoghue with Phil Collins & Leonard Downey 2 points behind.

In the classes, James Ryan leads class 2, and Thomas O'Rouke leads the Class 3 after joining the championship in Killarney. Dave Randles/Con Duggan in the Ex-Works Nissan Almera Kit Car have a 2 point lead over Mark Kennedy in class 7. Martin McGrath & Kevin O`Sullivan are tied at the top of the competitive class 9. Niall Guinevan leads class 10 and plans to finish out the championship in the Peugeot 205, despite the recent purchase of the Ex-Alan Ring 206.

John and Alice Quinn lead class 13 in the Chevette, Conor Cavanagh and James Jordan the class 15 leaders.

Joe and Gareth Connolly.s domination in the historic class have given the Kilkenny crew a 10 point lead in the championship, heading into round 3.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Paul Nagle , Alan Ring